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Grateful Dead Live at Winterland Arena on 1977-12-27

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Grateful Dead Live at Winterland Arena on 1977-12-27

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Bertha-> Good Lovin', Brown Eyed Women, Cassidy, Peggy-O, Looks Like Rain, Dire Wolf, Passenger, Candyman, El Paso, Friend Of The Devil, The Music Never Stopped Cold Rain & Snow, Lazy Lightning-> Supplication, Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain-> Estimated Prophet-> He's Gone-> Truckin'-> Wharf Rat-> Around & Around, E: Samson & Delilah

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Winterland Arena
Location San Francisco, CA

Source Soundboard
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Reviewer: mifraidin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 11, 2016
Subject: Scar-Fire so so HOT!
The funkiest, soupiest, goopiest Fire you'll ever hear. Like played through molasses and foggy glasses. Jerry singing like Aaron Neville. Melt me. Like spaghetti in sauce. Fuzzytone guitar. Filling my gut good. Thank you.
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 30, 2013
Subject: --
Awesome '77 - no drum solos on this 2nd set!

The opening Good Lovin' really is a wow, and how about that S>F about three tunes deep into the 2nd?

While the entire Winterland run closing out '77 is top-grade stuff, I do think this is the best of the 4 nights.
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 16, 2013
Start to finish, this is one of the best shows of 1977. OK, it's a tad heavy on the slop factor, but IMO the passion of these performances easily more makes up for it. Just monster versions throughout the show that will have you re-evaluating your favorites from this year. The absolute best performances are in the 2nd set, though: Supplication, Scarlet, Estimated, He's Gone, Truckin>Wharf Rat and RoundX2 are all simply transcendental. There just aren't enough superlatives to describe this show...hear this NOW!!
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 28, 2012
Subject: Man,
I really wish this had track info. Tremendous playing here.
Reviewer: gratefuldiver - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 10, 2010
Subject: Clean LL
Thanks for providing a SBD of LL > Supp without the dropouts in LL!

Reviewer: BIG_R - - October 23, 2009
Subject: 12-27-77
Get the Jay Ashley Bertha remaster. It is far superior than any of the other copies of this I have heard.
Reviewer: ineverthoughtiwasadeadheadbackintheday - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 2, 2009
Subject: Awesome setlist
I love this show...I was searching for Cold Rain & Snow and Lazy Lightning Supplication and stumbled upon this...awesome!

Great dynamic range! Oomph high and low!
Reviewer: goneagain - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 10, 2009
Subject: all this stuff is cool
life is short,time is flying by.I have heard a lot beautiful music.YA know I just do not think i will ever hear any thing as moving as Jerry and the dead have been, in my life time.So im just digging all of it.The Archive is cool.
Reviewer: themeangreen - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 16, 2009
Subject: amazing!
i agree with mcgannahan this show is exactly why i love the dead. there not playing at their best but the setlist for the show is excellent. Also just the pure energy puts me on the edge of my seat. Bertha> Goodlovin' just mezorizing.
Reviewer: corny ulanus - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 23, 2008
Subject: 12.27.77
I don't like this show very much. I think it's sloppy, rushed, and perfunctory. I don't blame them because they were rusty from a long break. Still it's 1977 which makes it automatically worth listening to, I just think 12/29 kicks a dozen asses and is the pony to bet on for this run.
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 21, 2007
Subject: Tuesday Night In The City That Knows How
This is a wonderful one from start to finish.

People rave so much (with good reason) about the May run that these end-of-year shows get kind of overlooked, but except for the 31st, all of the shows of this run at Winterland are the bomb. The boys played with such fire and enthusiasm the first three nights that they shot their wad and were subdued on the NYE.

My friend Larry, and I, attended all four shows and were right down front in the middle of the floor and the sound was the loudest I had ever heard the GD play. This show on the Tuesday was the only time this band ever made my ears ring, so for the Thursday show I brought my ear protection and was glad I did ~ the Thursday show was an absolute barnburner. Jerry was dancing, jumping, and windmilling. He seemed to be enjoying himself like I had never seen him before or since. The sound of his refurbished "Wolf" guitar was all-consuming.

I am a little peeved at GDP for not giving us the full shows on Dicks Picks. C'est la vie!

Really, this show is merely a warm-up for the Thursday & Friday shows. However, do not be lulled into passivity, this lights up like a jet engine.
Reviewer: dcc292 - favoritefavorite - July 25, 2007
Subject: Contrasting Opinion
I don't share the previous reviewers' zeal for this show. Granted, it has energy, enthusiasm, and adventurism - you can hear it in these performances. But what it consistently lacks is dexterity. There are lots of sour notes, miscues, some wrong tempos, and generally clunky playing. This is not surprising considering they were coming off a seven week break. It's not among their better performances of the year. The fidelity, on the other hand, is superb.
Reviewer: mcgannahan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 17, 2007
Subject: hells yeah
shows like this remind me why i exclusively only listen to this fuckin band. fuck the beatles, fuck elvis, fuck rolling stones, fuck any one who disputes that this is the greatest rock band that ever was or will be. now to the review, ahh, fuck it, just download this puppy and enjoy. peace
Reviewer: MushroomEagle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 11, 2007
Subject: Around & Around
Around & Around - one of greatest ever check it out. Great show ... with a longer than usual Estimated Prophet midway jam for 1977. GET THIS ... oh wait, you can't 'get' shows anymore. womp womp
Reviewer: augustwest7677 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 22, 2006
Subject: Best of 77
My favoite show of '77, even though everyone jives with the 5/8 show, this is better in my humble opinion. Best Brown Eyed Women of 1977! Strong second set.
Reviewer: howian - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 29, 2006
Subject: to coreya peggy-o
great show but a very distant runner up to the greatest peggy-o ever! that's for sure
check out another winterland show of the same era can't tell you which date but i have it on tape!!!!
Reviewer: rollandfin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 28, 2006
Subject: special
I am amazed at the He's Gone, Played in May and Once in June but not nearly with such skill, here it's borderline 73 quality, similar to why people love the half step from 5/7/77, they simply put it together really well.
The 29th/dp is well known for the china Rider, which was really just a rare phenomenum, not truly integral to the material of the time, but some of the tunes played on the 27th, including the Candyman and and uptempo (for the time) FOTD are not just rare but choice.
Keith is fantastic after 6/9/77, he seemed to have changed keys, it's a more fragile sound at times, and must have been hard to compete with a fumbled drum due and an obscure slopy overpowering Weir Guitar. I think also the material may have gotten a bit stale and generic in 78 to really encourage great playin, it's hard to predict so from this concert, sounds as like there was a newly found passion for material building. after all the let it grows and cold rains, along with duprees and the china dolls where creating a rich blend of new and old, but setlists didnt really reflect such exploration in 78,

to bad it cant be march 1977 forever,
Reviewer: jfk62 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 29, 2006
Subject: Ending a Great Year on a High Note
I downloaded this show a while ago and am re-listeninging to it. I can't believe how fantastic it is. The recording sound and mix is excellent. The performances of all are right on - vocals and instrumentals, with much energy and power. Good set list done extremely well. After such a great year, it is surprising that they still had so much left - and it is not even New Year's yet! Miss this show at your own risk (DON'T).
Reviewer: austin nyc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 26, 2006
Subject: Thank You Archive.
This is the Dead at the height of their power.
Sit back and enjoy! Having been at this show this is the next best thing to being there.
Reviewer: early 80's meltdown - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 18, 2006
Subject: Jerry sings Candyman
pretty irie.
Yea its anoter hot crisp `77.

L Rosey, Man I was with you until that Joan Osbourne 03 stuff and dont forget a `84 Shakedown.
I checked out the Cold Rain because of rave reviews(never had this tape)and it does roll nicely. Jerrys vocals on final verse are pretty cool. "Well I married me a wife She's been trouble all my life"
The Scarlet transistion gets so psychedelic from 6:47 on Jerry gets out there and bends some notes every which way and that jam into Fire is so grooovey. I noticed that the Dec shows just prior to 12-31 27th, 28th are usually better than average.
In 84 the shows prior to and obviously Nov Berk shows.
There playin hot shows on a end of the year News Years run usually at Oakland Aud or Henry keiser and didn't have extra presure and hype to deal with on Holiday. Prior to the cream rises to top.
I understand what you mean about Dec ending good as opposed to fall run particulary nov. like the from Oct the Hofeinz,Cobo Detriot,Field House,Cotterell,Rochester and Bingy I guess has a
heavy sound to it. Kieth pressing his keys a little longer that lingers on. Kind of weird regular piano sound keyboarding but more pronounced and the band chugs along in thick malassas or maybe its too much herion?

ps talk about weird key boarding Estimated is a trip. Kieth's synthesized & way out there. Jerry
solos in the jam at the end are so sick.
He's Gone>Trucin>Wharf Rat is played to perfection.

}}}}Real deal dead{{{{
Reviewer: L. Rosley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 12, 2006
Subject: '77 goes out on a good note
Because I've had this show for a long time now, I've heard it more times than any other '77 show. Check out the Cold Rain and Snow -- there's nothing cold about it, and is about as perfect as it gets. Supplication, Scarlet, also great. This is a better show than those of fall '77. The year went out on a high note.

1977 was an amazingly consistent year, the quality of playing and singing was high, and there really aren't any BAD shows. But this is true of 1974, and '76 wasn't too shabby, either. The vocals of from '74-77 are the best. But 1977 doesn't have the flowing, experimental jams of other years, and certainly doesn't have as smooth transitions from one song to another as earlier years. 1977 doesn't have the amazing Pigpen raps of the late '60's early '70s. But Donna sounded great in 1977. So did Bob.

It's just silly to proclaim one year better than all others. The Dead wouldn't have lasted as long if they sounded the same year after year and played the same songs.

The best year? How about a 1967 New Potato Caboose, a 1969 Dark Star, a '74 Eyes, a '77 Estimated, and a '90's Bruce Hornsby Cassidy. Heck, the 2003 Joan Osborn Mr. Charlie is pretty nice, too.
Reviewer: pnc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 17, 2005
Subject: whew...
you know i'm not just flat out SOLD on '77 like most other folks...for the same reason Straw Rider alludes to... I so often hear things that just floor me and leaving me saying "well, I've never heard THAT before"...or "THAT one's the best ever...", etc; from wahtever year. Guess that in itself is the beauty, and what kept us going back, show after show...and what keeps me coming back to the archive again and again(thanks archive).

that being said, this show is so solid and so sweetly delivered...among so much greatness in the stands out. this is one of those that makes you say:"yep, THAT is what its all about."

And nice sound...better get it.
Reviewer: juanie - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 22, 2005
Subject: band on fire
this show superbly documents the dead giving it their all, and with awesome results. besides some excellent standout songs (see other reviews), the whole thing has an incredible and consistent energy - with no moment wasted. from bobby's creative little fills, to some of donna's best harmonizing, to jerry's typically brain-bending solos '77 is famous for, don't pass this one by.
Reviewer: dr. flashback - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 19, 2005
Subject: got 1977 ?
As I've said before, there are 3 Winterland runs in 1977, and all are must haves - March, June and this 4 nighter to close the year. I must admit, this is my least favorite of the Winterland runs. I don't know if they were running out of steam, or rather that June, and especially March just had more of that extra special ingredient.
But then, it's been awhile since I've heard this Dec run. I'll have to pull out Dick's Picks #10 and New Year's and some nugs and re-evaluate soon.
The 29th and 30th are definitely the peak, Dick was right on with his choice there. It's hard to beat a Terrapin, plus the return of China>Rider after 3 years.
However, this first night holds its own, and is one of those shows that's perfect for a short car trip, or a house party. I've always considered this Set One to be one of the most perfect first sets of the year. It just shines like a Christmas tree, both song-wise and with crafted, inspired playing.
Great songs like Bertha, BE Woman, Cassidy, FOTD, Candyman, Music, and maybe the best Peggy-O of all time. Even Donna is good tonight - I'm not kidding! And Passenger - wow, look out!
Set Two is basically one long string of jams - Lightning>Supplication then Scarlet>Fire, Estimated>He's Gone. All really kick ass and are played with conviction. Truckin (still new after its return in Sept) is not the best, but Jerry brings it home with a fine Wharf Rat.
If you've got DP's #10, you need this show too. Don't wear out your Cornell or your Swing 77's - slide this one in the player now and then. You'll be smiling.
Dr. Flashback :-)
Reviewer: CoreyA - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 20, 2005
Subject: Peggy-O
Best Peggy-O Ever PERIOD THE END.
Reviewer: brentinbc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 14, 2005
Subject: An Amazing Set
I have have only sampled the tiniest tip of the iceberg of the shows here, but set-wise and sound-wise this is far superior to the 09_02_80 Community War Memorial Auditorium (Rochester) or the 10_31_80 Radio City Music Hall (New Yok) sets.
So much more to explore ... so much more to enjoy!
Reviewer: Bill V - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 18, 2005
Subject: Donna is right on indeed!
This whole show is right on.Donna's part in Scarlet is well..beautiful,really.Drop this show into a walkman,ipod whatever,get outside,crank it up and take a trip. It just doesn't get much better.
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 17, 2005
Subject: TOP 20 (believe it this is a sick show)
Cold Rain & Lazy Lightning+++ Donna is really on, cannot think of alot of shows she carries it the way she does here.

Unfreekenreal for the latter this has to be one of the best and sounds more like '76.... Donna is awesome jer and phil just crunch this back and forth - awesome and one of the last set II versions I am aware of. To then play this sick sick sick scarlet>fire qualifies this for a top 20 slot even in this frighteningly good year.

This so far is my favorite of 2005 and check how many I have heard so far this year. Enjoy this I am taking this to the grave.
Reviewer: Abeface - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 13, 2005
Subject: Very good
What a show to start off the NYE run at the Winterland. They pack a punch right out of the gates and never lose a step. The first set is high octane, with the drums in full swing, and Jerry and Phil having good times. The second set starts off great, but doesnt close out very tightly. Great sound and well worth the D/L.
Reviewer: scarlet/fire - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 28, 2005
Subject: amazing
Great show, amazing energy,wild set list..this show helped relight my fire for the grateful dead(it brings back memories of the shows and the scene)-I feel like a reborn deadhead. Special thanks to the LLama,Jon, Peter braverman and all those who worked so hard to make these great shows available to ALL of us who treasure the dead and what they brought to our lives. Sure miss Jerry but these shows go along way to help heal that pain.
Reviewer: StrawRider - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 23, 2004
Subject: 77 Box Set Nominee
I am reliving another beautiful Grateful Dead experience while I'm listening to He's Gone > Truckin' > Wharf Rat > Around & Around ...just another freakin' stunner of a show here folks. I've gone through many a year throughout this treasure trove of bliss and I keep coming back to this one year -not just because it was the year I became a bonafide deadhead but also because there simply is no denying that 1977 was, without any further doubt, the crowning jewel on the Dead's helm. Yeah, and then I will find something in 69 or 72 -another crown jewel, of course- or 73 or 90 even...but still, this one year has so many killer shows in it. And the extremely delicious sound makes it all the better! Getting back to the show at, the Truckin' rocks (like Broome County a few days before) and then the Wharf Rat! Holy Halucinations, Batman, but you really have to hear Jerry tear up. Phil good in the mix, drummers, keys, Bobby and Donna are all perfect.

A great bookend to your Dick's Picks Volume Ten.
A no doubter, a must have...and I haven't even heard the rest of it yet. In a year of so many classic, hard-rockin' "best versions you ever heard" year like '77 don't overlook this one.
Reviewer: jeffsetz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 29, 2004
Subject: Winterland gem
Here's another killer show from, arguably, the Dead's last great year. All 4 nights of this run smoke. The 29th is legendary and was well worthy of the Dick's Picks release. Don't let that show overshadow this gem.
Reviewer: oxthom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 14, 2004
Subject: I'm the first??
This show absolutely rocks. I'm not going to write it's the best of anything, but man what a fun show. From the first note the whole band is flat out rockin' and rollin'. I ride my bike a lot, and this show keeps me "truckin'".
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